I'm looking for a tough bullet for this rifle, I went out tonight and made a 400yd shot on a large boar hog with a 135gr SST leaving the muzzle at 2950fps. The bullet impacted just behind the leg and should have angled the bullet into the vitals and into the offside front leg. I was shooting prone out of the back of a truck off of sandbags, I saw the impact with the scope on 16x. It was perfect placement. The hog faltered, stumbled foreward and broke for the brush just yards from the feeder. I passed up a 100yd trotting shot at this hog before the shot because I was worried about a high velocity impact with these bullets and let him get to the feeder and stop moving. I got no pass through and no real blood, a few spots at POI and some cut hairs.
I used to shoot 168gr matchkings in the .308 and had good luck, but heard that the 135's in .270 have a tendancy to blow-up.
Anybody else shooting a .277 caliber rifle? What bullets do you use? I actually have had better luck with ballistic tips than the sst's.
I know the shot was on, I know the angle into the vitals was dead on, everything looked perfect in the scope. I think the bullet exploded on impact and never made the vitals. I searched tonight until my flashlight batteries went dead, no blood trail and I cut tracks in the mud for almost 600 steps before he hit hard ground and I lost them and my flashlight batteries.
I have used the failsafe and barns x coated on deer and they are both very tough. I like the sst better for deer but for your situation these two might work. They both shot quite well in my rifle. Don't know the bc of the bullets. I have shot the MK's into paper with great success but never used them on game. That was before I heard others used them for big game. If anyone has used the 270 MK for deer size animals how did they work? thanks
Steve, I reloaded some 130gr. 270cal SSTs for a fellow from work, and he had excellent results on the three deer he shot, no problems whatsoever, he didn't mention that he had any bullet blow up or anything like that, just alot of meat in the freezer, Give the 130gr. Interbond a try, you won't get any blow up with that bullet, [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] Jay
I wouldn't have a problem with it on deer, I used to shoot them with a 100gr speer hotcore coming out at 3200fps. Just lay em flat. Deer are easy to kill.
This hog probably had gristle plate an 1" thick the bullet had to enter and penetrate, if it smacked a rib on a hog that size they are 1/2 thick, plus roughly 3" of chest to hit lungs and 8" for heart. I think what happened is the bullet started apart on the hide and fractured at the rib.
I shot a hog with a .280 Remington Hornady Factory loaded 139gr SST a few years ago. 180yds from the prone into a small 180lb sow. Held for middle of front shoulder, found portions of the top of the shoulder blade in the dirt, and the fins from the top of the vertabrae. She ran almost a half mile before we found her with dogs. Had another a few weeks later shooting downhill it shattered the shoulder and never made the vitals.
Thought it was a freak deal, so I backed off to the range above and tried.
Last year I was out deer hunting here in MS when a big black dog came into the far end of the field. OOPS...hey that isn't a dog...it is a hog! Shooting a .270, 58 gr 4831, 130 Nosler Partition. Aim at junction of neck and body. About 150 yards. At shot, boar dropped . Legs straight out. Kept jerking, so, rather than trailing if he awoke, I placed another through throat into skull. Probably didn't need it. Walked up on him. Smelled bad. standing along side, his upper side was level with my mid thigh. 450 lbs plus. Pure black, with long tusks. Took three big folks to get him into the truck. Some wanted to eat him. His gravy was tough! Point is, the Nosler Partition is one great bullet. Very accurate, very tough, very deadly. Aside from one of the Fail Safe types (which aren't as accurate in as many rifles as the Nosler) I don't think they can be improved upon. MHO. Good hunting. Paul